What Kate Westfall loves about VisArts? The opportunity to work with a diverse community of learners.
“Serendipitous” is the word that best describes how Kate arrived at VisArts in 2013. A friend introduced her to VisArts’ Outreach Coordinator who invited Kate to teach a ceramics class. She soon decided to apply for the VisArts Resident Artist program and rent a studio here.
“Community” played an important role in Kate’s path to becoming a ceramics artist and teacher. She describes the ceramics community as “some of the best people I have ever met”. When she was starting college and uncertain about her career path, she attended an art show and experienced firsthand the “absolute generosity” of an exhibiting artist who interrupted his conversation with another client to show her how to sculpt one of his signature handle designs.
Kate feels that VisArts offers our community the opportunity for growth and transformation. Individuals who say they have no artistic skills are given the opportunity to show what they are capable of. One of Kate's students with no prior ceramics experience is now working to become a professional potter and has done her first show after only 6 months working on the potter's wheel. Kate feels dedication, attention to detail and 1:1 instruction are key and believes everyone is capable of becoming an artist.
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